Solange Knowles decided to skip the hype of the BET Awards, for the glamour of PRIDE Fest. In a rainbow ensemble, Solange Knolwes rocked the stage at the 39th Annual LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco. Last night on twitter, in response to the negative publicity regarding the BET Awards, Solange Knowles had this to say:
Solange was certainly herself last night, Check out these colorful pictures from the concert:
Look who makes a rare appearance. David Chappelle is seen here leaving Guys and Dolls in West Hollywood. Looking plain and simple in his “white tee”. I hope he’s thinking of a way to return to television. I need a good laugh.
Strangely there was some confusion over Alicia Keys dress. People in the audience said the dress was a teal color (light blue) but on TV we clearly saw a black and white dress. Well apparently this dress can do some magical tricks, some sort of an optical illusion, or there is a simple explanation. She changed clothes. Here are close-ups of the two dresses, plus her shoes. Mystery solved! Oh! and I see Miss Keys.
Still developing: The answer is all the above, depending on the “inside source”, all of which have a different reasons.
There are several rumors flying around, so here are the facts. The facts are Chris Brown was an option to perform, and BET held his fate until the last minute. The Jackson Family thought Chris Brown would have been a great choice, and had no problem with the young star performing a tribute to his idol, which would have been his first performance since the assault. BET feared a backlash and couldn’t make up there mind on what to do, and eventually felt it was inappropriate. Other leaders of the community convinced BET that it was not in their best interest.
According to BET Awards Producer, Ron Weisner:
A day and a half ago, we had one show and today we have a whole other show. Overnight, literally, it changed. The show was completely rewritten, we booked additional people — we’re trying to address a very unfortunate situation.
JAY-Z: Now the rumor mill on the other hand is saying that Jay-Z had a hand in making sure Chris Brown didn’t perform, and that’s why he performed D.O.A. The rumor started from a tweet, apparently a Chris Brown dancer (BShaw) had this to say about Jay-Z on twitter, “Jay-Z is mad childish. Never keep a person from paying there [sic] respect.”
Here is the tweet that started all the Jay-Z rumors. The rumor has it, Jay-Z gave BET an ultimatum, if Chris Brown performs then Jay-Z pulls out. After seeing the show they should have gave Jay-Z the deuces, instead. Now people are adding sponsors to the list, as well. Sponsors such as Cover Girl, who has a contract with Rhianna, threatened to pull out.
Honestly, I think BET used the drama to their advantage as free publicity, which backfired, because the audience at home had higher expectations, and many felt disappointed. It seems more people than not were pulling for Chris Brown, including the family, and the shows producer.
Bottom line, the people that know definitively aren’t speaking, and there is a lot of speculation. Personally, I think all these things were part of the issue, and it was too big of a hurdle for BET to jump.
BET AWARDS: Finally the Michael Jackson Tribute. Janet Jackson said: to us he’s an icon, to them he’s family. Wow, that almost got me. But it wasn’t a tribute all the stories that leaked from L.A. panned out to be untrue, or not as exciting as the hype. It ended with a Jaime Foxx & Ne-Yo duet.
BET AWARDS: Alicia Keys and Wyclef receive humanitarian awards for their global philanthropy, and Tiny accepts viewer’s choice awards on behalf of T.I.
BET AWARDS: Tyrese, Tevin, Campbell, Trey Songz, and Johnny Gill did a tribute to the O’Jays. Whoa! I forget them can sing like that. Kanye West, Amber Rose, and Diddy were all grooving to the O’Jays
BET AWARDS: Old School performances by Keith Sweat, Guy, and Bell Biv Devoe; Plus Keyshia Cole and Monica Duet
BET AWARDS:Kanye West & Amber Rose dancing to Soulja Boy, Beyonce performs Ave Maria, and In The Arms of Angel:
BET AWARDS: Jaime Fox changes into the Billie Jean Michael Jackson outfit, Keri Hilson performs two of her hits, and Ne-Yo without a hat performs Lady of My Life.
BET AWARDS: Jaime Fox opens with the Beat It dance sequence, and moonwalks across the stage.
BET AWARDS: New Edition opens with a Jackson 5 routine, all six of them Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph, & Johnny, too, but the sound is off.
UPDATE: LeToya Luckett performs at the pre-show, so that answers the question. She will not be sharing the same stage as Beyonce.
The BET Awards is just hours away and I will bring you all the latest updates, photos, and spoilers. If you can’t watch or don’t have access to BET, then this is definitely the place to be. If you don’t have a twitter account, now is the time. If you do have a twitter account, you can follow me:
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Michael Jackson was a complicated individual, but I don’t know of too may musical geniuses who weren’t. Actually, I don’t know too many individuals who are not. The movie Crash, really help me to see, that the most complicated person is a conflicting mix of greatness and failures. Today it’s important to put this man’s life in perspective because he has grown into a caricature. I argue that we always tease the ones we love, and some of the jokes we told came from a good place, and some of those jokes others told came from a place that was just mean spirited and vile.
Over the last few months I was truly concerned about his health, and the jokes began to stop. I can see how weak he was, and I knew in my heart of hearts the end was near. I just felt it would be a process, where we could grieve, and not a lost in a matter of moments while I’m pumping gas.
I am angry that his handlers were doping him and pushing him to the brink of death, knowing full well Michael was not capable of 50 concerts in his current condition. The people that surround celebrities don’t care about their best interest, they care about the pay checks and favors that come from being a “yes man”. So many pain killing drugs were pushed into his system, perhaps by choice at times, but this time he was not alone.
In my generation he was not a freak show, but a sexy pop icon. You don’t believe me, here is a picture of the Michael Jackson we had a crush on:
Michael Jackson is the most influential man in the world. I would like to say that is an understatement, but his name is Michael Jackson in every language on this earth, and his reach is global. It spans across generations and cultures. I remember seeing him overseas on TV with crowds of people, then he would touch one person, and they would pass out. They fainted from his touch:
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